For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #8: Shipwreck

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-04-2015 06:48 AM 3207 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Cowichan Bay Regatta from My Deck Part 8 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 9: Repairing Belle Starr »

Last Saturday we had a huge wind storm around the BC / Washington coast. BC hydro had more people without power than ever in history. ..... and sadly one of the the boats that made the voyage to Desolation Sound with Friendship last year was driven onto the beach at Port Townsend.

Belle Starr anchored with Friendship in Blind Bay last year, a happier time.

Here she was Saturday afternoon as salvage crews dragged her out to deeper water where she sank to await calmer seas the next day.

After spending the night on the bottom in about 35’ of water, she was raised on Sunday and the damage could be seen.

I caught the ferry down yesterday and Michael and I got into some repair prep. The plan was to cut back to good wood with a skilsaw set at 45 degrees and splice in new plywood panels. This is something I have had a fair bit of experience with so it wasn’t too hard. This is where we got yesterday in just a couple of hours. The topside panel is cut back and just the bottom panel remains to be done.

And this is where we were when I had to head back today. All the broken plywood is gone and the edges are ready to receive the new panels. Michael will get the clean-up finished and assemble materials while I run my first marquetry course here and then I’ll go back down in October and we’ll get her buttoned up nice and snug before the bad weather sets in. I’ll post the repair process then.

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 09-04-2015 07:10 AM

Well it sure looks like you have quite a job ahead of you, but your skill and experience are exactly what the Ship’s Doctor ordered. I guess that fitting those replacement sections is going to be a bit like mega-marquetry, so the update will be interesting. All joking aside, that sure is a heartbreaking sight to see with a beautiful boat like that.
I hope that all goes better than expected.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 09-04-2015 07:22 AM

Wow Paul this is devastating to say the least. We all know the absolute love you two have for your Friendship & have all shared the dedicated work over the years fine tuning to your dream.
Bet you have had some pretty interesting challenges over your years with anything that floats, so I know this will get the “Paul treatment” & we look forward to your WIP & sharing the joy of the rebuild
cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 09-04-2015 07:32 AM

Seeing that damage i would have deemed the boat unsuitable for repair. But you just jumped right at it and, it seems, are halfway done already. Great work!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 09-04-2015 08:06 AM

Mate, you should have a Tee shirt with a big red “S” you are without doubt, Super Shipwright!!
I am glad to see that the pretty little boat has been rescued and I take my hat off to you.
Regards James

-- James -- Mooroopna Australia

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#5 posted 09-04-2015 08:35 AM

That’s a considerable damage, but it amazes me that such a large quantity is intact

I hope for you that eventually the boat will be fine again.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 09-04-2015 11:16 AM

That is just amazing. I had no idea.
I am speechless.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-04-2015 12:08 PM

Paul, after just completing my build, I can’t imagine that kind of damage. I would have assumed it to be a total lost. I commend you and envy you for your skills. Good luck on the repair, I will be waiting with anticipation for the repair updates.

Thanks for posting this!!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#8 posted 09-04-2015 12:12 PM

Mother Nature can sure suck! I know your heart has to be hurting. Glad nobody was hurt, except the boat

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 09-04-2015 12:18 PM

Wow, that sure tore the side off of her. I have confidece that you will have it as good as new in the not too distant future!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 09-04-2015 12:47 PM

well needless to say this is a much more daunting job then taking on a new marquetry box, this is really about the same thing, just on a larger scale, its always a sad thing to see any nice boat sitting on the bottom, but the new technology we have today brings her right up and onto the trailer, ready to head to the repair shop, this is where i really love to get into things, i love restoration work, please pass on our dislike for such terrible damage to your friends boat, and we wish you well as you will repair for springs work as the repair work continues….or begins.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 09-04-2015 01:23 PM

That sure is some mess but it couldn’t be in better hands.

-- PER Larry

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#12 posted 09-04-2015 01:40 PM

What a lucky fellow

... to have you for a friend!


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#13 posted 09-04-2015 02:28 PM

This will not be your typical woodworking project. Hope you post photos during the repair.
P.S. Port Townsend is a beautiful place to visit.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 09-04-2015 02:32 PM

I’ll be looking forward to seeing progress on this. I know I am going to learn something!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 09-04-2015 02:46 PM

Yikes. She really took a beating, eh? Oh, and my first thought was …
...................................”Paul M. Boat Fixer” …........................

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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